Thursday, August 11, 2011

Despite Latest Injury, Reyes Will Still Command Big Money

Courtesy of Michael Baron
Yesterday, ESPN's Jason Stark reported that the buzz around baseball is that the Mets were initially prepared to offer Jose Reyes a contract of 5 years, $100 million.  He goes on to hypothesize that due to Reyes' most recent trip to the disabled list, his impending contract will be significantly effected.  Specifically he believes the Reyes may be forced to accept a contract more along the lines of three or four years, versus five or six.  I disagree... on both accounts.

Even if the Mets were prepared to offer Reyes a 5 year deal to the tune of $100 million, I fully believe it would have been their first offer.  I still believe that that had better be their first offer, and hopefully not there best if they're truly committed to bringing Reyes back to Queens.  You'll be hard pressed to find any premiere talent in Major League Baseball that doesn't land on the disabled list eventually.  Does Reyes end up on the disabled listed more often then some, maybe, but that still doesn't alter the fact that he's a premiere talent.

Its for that exact reason that someone will still overpay for his services despite his injury issues.  Quite frankly, I don't think two quick trips to the disabled will greatly effect his value.  If Jose Reyes comes back at all this season, I believe a five year deal will be the absolute minimum contract he'll received headed into the next season.  The ONLY thing these minor injuries will have cost Reyes MIGHT be the chance at a seventh year in his deal.

If Jose Reyes doesn't quickly resign with the Mets following the end of this season, there will be a bidding war.  That bidding war will quickly trump any set backs this season as the focus will turn to Reyes immense talents and incredible production when healthy.  Jose Reyes, despite his faults, remains a stud in this league.  He not only alters any game he plays in, but he has the power effect the play of those around him.  Five years, $100 million is a good start...but I still don't think its going to be enough.

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